The suggested circuit consists of straightforward bodyweight exercises; the only piece of equipment required is a chair. The entire circuit of 12 exercises should take approximately 7 minutes and can be repeated two or three times, if you're fit enough.
Please please PLEASE see your doctor, or at least be VERY honest in your self assessment of your abilities before beginning an exercise program. If there is even a doubt, classify yourself as detrained/beginner and follow the recommended modifications for that classification. If you have never had a physical exam, have one before you begin any program - but especially one like this.
Also, do NOT stand on a chair pictured like the one in the exercise example. Or any chair, for that matter. What is the first safety rule listed on chairs? DO NOT STAND. Why? They are designed for sitting, and can be unstable for standing. Instead, INVEST IN PLYOMETRIC BOXES DESIGNED SPECIFICALLY FOR THIS USE (http://www.newyorkbarbells.com/1210-12.html). Stepping up 18" (standard chair height) can be a major balance issue for many. Without handles or an assist, the risk of falling is increased. Also, when properly performing a step up, the spine should be in as neutral a position as possible, with the majority of muscular action coming from the hip flexors/extensors. If you can't step up with your spine "straight" and upright unassisted, reduce the height to a position where you can. If you can, do these step-ups in a narrow hallway, where you can reach each wall easily, placing the palm against the wall to help stabilize you throughout the movement.
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How funny, my sister was just telling me about this today and I figured I'd try it tomorrow instead of my usual run. I always hear how HIIT is better for you, but really haven't found a HIIT workout that I like better than just going on a run so haven't really seen if it is better yet...
I've been doing Tabata classes at my gym and love them. I've toned up a lot. The regimen is 45 minutes. An exercise or combination of moves is repeated for 20 seconds followed by a 10 second rest. Once you have done the move 8 times, you begin a new move. The moves alternate between cardio and toning. Instructors offer low impact or less strenuous alternatives for each move.
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